FAA Gives UPS and uAvionix Green Light for BVLOS Drone Operations

In a recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) decision, and were granted permission to operate drones beyond the operator's visual line of sight (). Originally reported by the FAA, this marks a significant advancement in drone operations.

Utilizing its M2 drones, UPS can now carry out small package deliveries. Meanwhile, uAvionix, with its Rapace drone, will test its ‘detect and avoid' technology using the Vantis Network.

“We are thrilled by this approval from the FAA and know this will play a significant role in the scaling of drone delivery services throughout the , said an excited Andreas Raptopoulos, Founder and CEO of Matternet. “We are excited to continue our partnership with UPSFF to grow our services and enable drone delivery at scale. This is another step in our journey to make drone delivery a common part of everyday life.”

Just a little earlier, on August 24, the FAA authorized Phoenix Air Unmanned to use its SwissDrones SVO 50 V2 drones for various aerial tasks, including photography and powerline inspections.

This decision followed the FAA's call for public input on four BVLOS applications, with another request still under review. “Data collected from these operations will inform the FAA's ongoing policy and rulemaking activities,” the FAA stated.

Focused on creating standardized rules for BVLOS operations, the FAA aims to make these activities routine and scalable. This initiative ties in with the FAA's long-term vision of safely incorporating drones into the National Airspace System.

The FAA's approach aligns with legislative acts from 2012 and 2016, emphasizing the agency's collaboration with to devise an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) plan, further aiding integration endeavors.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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